Phil Kniesel
SERMON NOTES “Values To Live By (Part 2)”

SERMON NOTES “Values To Live By (Part 2)”

We all value something. Values are the guiding principles that steer our life. They are the core ethics and principles that are the desired end state for how we want to live our life.

What do you value?



  • We choose to invest in the potential God has placed in others. This is helping people develop into passionate, stable Christ followers. (1 Corinthians 10:24)
  • This is about deference. It is about respect for others. (Romans 14:1-7)
  • How are you at helping others succeed?
  • What lift can you bring to someone today?
  • Hope is one of the greatest things we can bring into people’s lives. (1 Peter 1:3-4’ Psalm 39:7). We need to distinguish between optimism and hope.



  • We choose a culture of peace by getting along, showing respect and presuming the best of each other.
  • 3 aspects about unity:
    1. Unity is a choice – Romans 14:19
    2. Unity begins in the mind – 1 Corinthians 1:10
    3. Unity is intentional – Ephesiasn 4:1-2



  • We seize every opportunity to talk and tell about Christ and what He’s done in our lives. (1 Peter 3:15)
  • You are a walking billboard for Jesus and what He can do in someone’s life.
  • Do you have a “let me in there” mentality? (Acts 21:13)



  • We can’t stay here. You can’t stay here.
  • This value screams, “God always has a next for you.”
  • Isaiah 43:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:17


What you value matters. How you steer your life matters. May you be known for living out values that matter.  May you be someone who lives for things beyond the temporal. May you honestly say these are values I want to live by.

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SERMON NOTES: “DNA: Values to live by (Part 1)” 

SERMON NOTES: “DNA: Values to live by (Part 1)” 

We all value something. Values are the guiding principles that steer our life. They are the core ethics and principles that are the desired end state for how we want to live our life.   

What do you value most? 


  • We are passionate about our relationship with Christ and what He is doing in others.   
  • What are you most passionate about? 
  • Isaiah 26:9; Psalm 73:25; Psalm 42:2; Psalm 63:1 
  • One of the greatest values you can set for your life is your constant and continuous passion for God. 
  • Most of us are good at “God I need you”, but we’re not so good at “God I want you”. 
  • Two things about passion:
    • It’s a pursuit – It’s a daily thing experienced in daily ways through daily motivation.
    • It takes work – It doesn’t just happen. (Psalm 25:15) 


  • We do our best to make it look like we tried. We believe God uses and honours our best efforts to make a difference. 
  • You have been gifted by God and you can either bury that talent or expound it 10-fold. Try hard says I will use what I’ve been given to make a difference.  (Colossians 3:23) 
  • It’s recognizing our effort is a form of worship to God. So in our workplace, we step up; in our spiritual life we are determined; in our physical health we are motivated; in our relationships, we are engaged. 


  • We do whatever it takes to accomplish shared vision and goals. 
  • This value reminds us we don’t live life in a silo. It reminds us that there is more to life than me, myself and I. 
  • It pushes us to stop and help, stop and listen, stop and engage. 
  • This value costs the most expensive thing we own: love and time.  
  • Hebrews 13:16; Philippians 2:4 

You don’t grow without intention. You don’t further yourself without a guide. I’m whispering in your ear, “let’s do this!”. 


  • What value is going well for you? 
  • Which one do you need to implement in a greater way? 
  • Which values needs more focus and attention? 


SERMON NOTES: “DNA: Values to live by (Part 1)” 

Sermon Notes: “DNA: Pastor Phil’s heart for you”

DNA:  Pastor Phil’s heart for you  


– The most important thing in life is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Luke 10:27) –
– Be focused on knowing God more (Philippians 3:10).  Good questions that help gauge this:

  1.  How much time in a week do you spend intentionally growing in your pursuit of Christ? 
  2. When was the last time you just sensed His favor on your life? 
  3.  In this past week, were you led by God to do or say something to someone? 
  4. What thoughts are you in the habit of thinking? How does your thought life shape who you are? 
  5.   How do you naturally enjoy God? 

– Being focused means creating a weekly church routine. Stay engaged otherwise you may drift.
– What’s  one  thing you can do to know Jesus more? 


– Jesus’ last words to his disciples were to go and make disciples. Peter and John did just that. (Acts 4:20)
– The Christian faith was never meant to be individually contained.  It was meant to be told and spoken.
– We can be intentional in three ways: 

  1. We can love through our words
  2. We can love through our deeds
  3. We can love through our finances

What’s one thing you can do to love people more? 


– Christians don’t live as people without hope.  (Romans 5:3-5)
– Hope can’t thrive in the presence of a heavy heart. (John 14:1; Psalm 91:2)
– We bring hope by the way we speak. (Proverbs 18:21)
– What’s one way you can bring hope to someone today? 


– Jesus is coming again. We are not on the planning committee we are on the welcoming committee.
– Keep watch and be ready. (Matthew 24:42)
– If anything is separating you and Jesus, deal with it and make yourself ready.  
– What is one thing you need to do to be ready? 

Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Addiction”

Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Addiction”

SERMON NOTES | Weeds: Addiction 

This is a series about things that can distract, hinder, and prevent us from fully thriving in our Christian life. Things that  can choke out the work of God in our life.  (Mark 4:1-20) 

Addictions are the things that control us even though we believe we can control them. Paul wrote, “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14). Your addiction should never master or rule over you. Paul said, “I have the right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12). 

6 Questions to see if you are mastered by something: 

  1. Do your friends and family say you have a problem? 
  2. Do you continue even though you are hurting people? 
  3. Do you arrange your schedule around it? 
  4. Can you go a week without it? 
  5. Is it leading you to isolation and damaging your relationships? 
  6. Are you trying to keep it a secret? 

Lies we tend to believe: 

1.  You are defined by your addiction.  
– Our adversary wants us to personalize and internalize our addiction.
– You are who God says you are. 

2.  You will always live with guilt and shame.
– Satan wants to convince you that you are not only defined by your addiction, but you are debilitated by your addiction.
– Guilt traps us, shame hinders us, but Jesus frees us. He says you can be justified. 

Good Advice: 

  1. No more excuses (Philippians 4:13) 
  2. Take drastic steps (1 Corinthians 15:33; James 4:7) 
  3. Fill the void (Ephesians 5:18) 

 God Advice: 

  1. His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9).Don’t  allow a rerun to ruin your reset. 

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